Trout Unlimited gets $255K for watershed restoration |

Trout Unlimited gets $255K for watershed restoration

Sky-Hi News staff report

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the national Trout Unlimited group received the funding and to clarify exactly what the money will pay for.

Trout Unlimited has received funding for the Colorado River Connectivity Channel to be built in Grand County.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation awarded Trout Unlimited $255,695 for restoration work on the natural function and habitats. The work will take place on 164 acres of riparian habitat, 111 acres of wetland habitat and 4.3 miles of stream habitat. The goal is to improve the environment for native species, including the boreal toad, northern leopard frog, bald eagle, Lewis’s woodpecker, short-eared owls and river otter.

Trout Unlimited is one of 10 groups to receive grant funding from the NFWF’s Restoration and Stewardship of Outdoor Resources and Environment (RESTORE) program. This year, over $3 million in projects were awarded.

Other projects include restoration work in the Swan River Valley in Summit County for improved trout habitats and efforts to restore sagebrush shrublands and wet meadows in Northwest Colorado by the Wildlands Restoration Volunteers.

The RESTORE program is run in partnership with Great Outdoors Colorado, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Occidental, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Gates Family Foundation, US Forest Service, US Natural Resources Conservation Services and Corteva Agriscience.

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